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October 29, 2015

Safety-Net Programs May Be More Effective in N.Y. State Than Previously Thought, Study Suggests

A new study from the National Bureau of Economic Research suggests that programs like food stamps and housing vouchers may have been much more effective at reducing poverty than was previously thought, Vox reports.

Using data from the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance and the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, researchers compared what households in New York State were getting from assistance programs versus how much they reported through the Annual Social and Economic Supplement, which provides data on poverty. 

They found that over all, safety-net programs actually cut the poverty rate to 8.3 percent, as opposed to the previously reported 10.8 percent. The disparity between the official poverty survey and the new study is even greater for single-mother households, which the official data says is reduced to a 30.2-percent poverty rate but the new report says is 19.2 percent.